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Omicron variant of COVID-19 is spreading in Yukon, territory says

Omicron variant of COVID-19 is spreading in Yukon, territory says

WHITEHORSE — The Yukon government says an increase in COVID-19 cases with 34 new infections reported Thursday is a sign the Omicron variant is circulating in communities.
Manitoba seeing higher rates of COVID-19 in health-care workers, younger people

Manitoba seeing higher rates of COVID-19 in health-care workers, younger people

WINNIPEG — Manitoba is reporting higher rates of COVID-19 among health-care workers and younger people as the highly contagious Omicron variant spreads rapidly across Canada.

Some changes the Ontario government is making to its COVID-19 response

TORONTO — Here are some of the changes the Ontario government announced Thursday to its response to the COVID-19 pandemic: _ On Dec.
Ontario delays start of school, shortens isolation time, limits PCRs as cases climb

Ontario delays start of school, shortens isolation time, limits PCRs as cases climb

TORONTO — The resumption of schools will be delayed by two days and testing and isolation rules have been revamped, Ontario's top doctor said Thursday as daily COVID-19 cases continue to break records.
WestJet to cancel 15% of flights due to COVID-19 related staff shortages

WestJet to cancel 15% of flights due to COVID-19 related staff shortages

CALGARY — WestJet Airlines Ltd. is dealing with so many employees out sick with the Omicron variant that it is being forced to cut 15 per cent of its scheduled flights through to the end of January.
US children hospitalized with COVID in record numbers

US children hospitalized with COVID in record numbers

SEATTLE (AP) — The omicron-fueled surge that is sending COVID-19 cases rocketing in the U.S. is putting children in the hospital in record numbers, and experts lament that most of the youngsters are not vaccinated.
UK reports surge in COVID deaths, builds temporary wards

UK reports surge in COVID deaths, builds temporary wards

LONDON (AP) — The U.K.
Mayor says officials should have been ready for COVID to hit Labrador's north coast

Mayor says officials should have been ready for COVID to hit Labrador's north coast

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — COVID-19 has arrived for the first time in an Inuit community along Labrador's north coast, and a local leader says it appears to have caught the regional health authority off guard.
Times Square show will go on despite virus surge, mayor says

Times Square show will go on despite virus surge, mayor says

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will ring in 2022 in Times Square as planned despite record numbers of COVID-19 infections in the city, the state and around the nation, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.
COVID-19 infections rising, hospitalizations declining in Saskatchewan

COVID-19 infections rising, hospitalizations declining in Saskatchewan

REGINA — COVID-19 testing and access to booster shots have made Saskatchewan's premier confident his government can limit the severity of the pandemic without introducing new public health restrictions as the province sees rising cases, but decreasin